Callaway Golf’s Big Bertha model is one of the most successful series of drivers in the history of golf. Introduced 18 years ago, the Big Bertha line has had its share of achievements and failures but overall is considered the foundation of Callaway’s success. Nineteen versions later Callaway gives us the Diablo.
A contemporary look with power and distance, along with a generous sweet spot, the Diablo is Callaway’s all titanium offering for 2009. Using the same hyperbolic face technology that made up last years Hyper X driver, the Diablo’s strengths are its large hitting surface, unique head shaping & edge technology that optimizes the clubs center of gravity & ball flight. What sets this driver apart from previous Big Bertha models is how Callaway engineers distribute the weight to design two separate heads; a neutral & draw model.
The Neutral model, with a ½ degree open setup, almost looks like a square driver at address but still retains a more traditional pear shaped appearance in contrast to the boxed look of the Nike Sumo & Callaway FT-i. This model is more suited for the player who has confidence in their shot making ability.
The Draw model at address looks almost slice proof, with its unique crown shaping and scoring lines. Instead of squaring up to the target line, the scoring lines curve with the crowns contour & shape, giving the club a draw enhanced appearance. Most of the lofts setup 1 degree closed but estically it looks more like 3 degrees closed.
After demoing both models at the driving range I was surprised by their accuracy. Though not terribly long off the tee, both the draw and neutral heads hit the ball relatively straight. Both got the ball up rather quickly, with trajectory and carry being fairly normal. And like most of Callaway’s product line, the Diablo is very quiet off the tee.
While the Neutral head might be more for the straight shot, low handicap player, the draw model should appease all golfers who suffer losing the ball right off the tee.